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After four years, since the release of “The White Queen” in 2013 have shot their second part, season that precedes the magnificent “The Tudors.” I know that the shows are independent of each other, but it is obvious that for the historical period they are still in concert.

I have seen the first episode of “The White Princess” and I must say I am delighted. The new cast seems to me to be outstanding. All actors give new nuances to their characters that are a luxury.

Lizzie & Henry. The staunch hatred between Lizzie and Henry is what has hit me the most. Henry in the book before forcing her and even after doing so, had always expressed by Lizzie an admiration and an even obvious attraction for her and her goods looks that the writers have forgotten here to convey.

This episode has been reinforced with new details that are not in the book. They have reduced the insults between them, but I never expected to find the staunch hatred I read in the eyes of Henry and Lizzie. That has perhaps been a little disappointing for me. Having two young people whose marriage has historically been a family, sentimental and political success hating in this way in the series is somewhat unlikely. But still the chemistry between Jacob and Jodie can not be denied. I hope they can fall in love each other soon if not i´ll die of dissapointment if they are in a endless war without any type of attraction between them. 

Michelle Fairly as Margaret Beaufort is excellent. She´s not Amanda Hale but she´s all what Margaret Beaufort was: a mother who believed to listen the God´s will in all her actions for give her son the power. 

Essie Davies But i never had suspected how the show would be stolen in this way by the charming of Essie Davies as Elizabeth Woodville. Elizabeth now in her mature age has that calm, that smart manners (No doubt inheriting from her time as queen) and that beauty yet that remember to me so much to my beloved Rebecca Fergunson. With her spells, now less powerful but done with more strenght, she gives to Lizzie the same support she had with Jacquetta. 

The mother-daughter link. Jacquetta was my fav character in TWQ and now Elizabeth has taken her place. Those relationships between mothers-daughters give the life to me in the writting. Lizzie & Elizabeth share almost a mistic relationship that Henry never would share with his mother, Despite their continuing insistence that God speaks for them. 

The writting of “The white princess” is impressive. In a way Elizabeth and Lizzie have won against Henry and Margaret. For their beauty, their charisma with the people, their calm.
Emma Frost has got Henry and Margaret look like two fused light bulbs compared to the luster of Lizzie and Elizabeth.

The custome. The custome maybe is not accurate but i´m delighted by this. Elizabeth’s pastel tones and loose blond hair will not last forever, as her character ages the sober colors of them and her ladies will come and the pastel ones will go away, pointing a change in the characters, in the story. 

The rape thing. Well was not the best scene of this episode, i  would have preferred a lovely scene, where Henry would have been more courteous and Lizzie would have felt more respected. Not such hate i read in their actions. I have read fanfictions much better than this scene. And about Feminism in this scene, I must say that it is true that Henry was hurt in his pride by the words of Lizzie. At least she defended herself as much as she could. Because really some of them had options? The bitter answer is not. 

Cecily of York. The portay they are giving of her is a little simple and unexpected. She seems desperate, not like a proud River girl. Is a pity really she´s a spoil of war. 

Conclusion. Was an amazing pilot. They have preserved the music of The White Queen in the most intelligent way. I feel that this is the second part of “The white Queen” precisely because the music. The photograpy is a present for our eyes, the castles, the illumination, the exteriors of the castle giving a fairytale´s appareance. 

I won´t give up to my desire of watching Henry & Lizzie in love finally. They should love each other like in the real history not be dragged by this horrible hate both feel. 

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